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    Frame crack?

    This is the bottom bracket shell of my Surly pugs.
    Are these lines the start of cracks or just the powdercoat cracking?
    They emanate from the welds.
    I can feel them by running my fingernail across the lines.



    Light use on this bike. Surprised if these are the beginnings of the frame cracking.
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    I would say it's suspect enough to warrant inspection at a trusted LBS, or a local frame builder if available. Have it checked before riding again just to be safe.
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    Agreed -- have it looked at just to be sure. Paint that cracks needs to be checked for movement going on underneath.

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    Yeah - powdercoat doesn't crack. It can chip and scratch, but not crack.

    I would pull out the BB and look at the inside of the shell. If it's a crack it should be on the inside too. You'll need an inspection mirror.
    This isn't a "you're doing it wrong" topic.

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    Thanks. Great idea to look inside. Better than chipping the powdercoat away to see.
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    Surly has 3yr. warranty on Pugsley frames I think, so they should do something to make it right for you if indeed is a frame crack at weld. Hopefully this is not beginning of a recall, like the Salsa stems, I have a new Pugs heading my way soon.

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    At least it is a steel frame.

    Even if it isn't covered by the warranty, any decent welder can fix it.
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    Sub standard finish on the fillet?

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    Sub standard finish on the fillet?

    On second look it appears welded...oops

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    It's worth a second look for sure, but these Pugs are made out of some of the hardest chromoly I've ever come across. I highly doubt that is a frame crack, but more so a production error.

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    Looked inside the bb shell. It looks ok. I'm just gonna keep riding.
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